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November 18th, 2013

‘Obamacare’ expert to speak in Lincoln

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that last month, less than 400 Louisiana residents were able to sign up for health insurance through the federally run online marketplace created under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
With more than 14,000 people needing health insurance in the state, and very few answers about the defunct website, there is a lot of confusion and uncertainty when it comes to health insurance.
Luckily, Lincoln Parish will play host to one of the foremost experts on the Affordable Care Act — frequently called “Obamacare” — this week.

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LPPJ meeting could be a 'doozy'

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It looks like tonight’s the night a deal might be struck between the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and Lincoln Union District Atttorney’s Office.
The Lincoln Parish Police Jury has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. tonight to finalize and adopt its 2013 Amended and 2014 proposed budgets.
At 6 p.m. the LPPJ’s Finance Committee will meet to decide how much of a requested increase to give to the District Attorney’s Office and fit those figures into the budgets.

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November 16th

Voters pass school proposition

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$21 million public school improvements project approved

Ruston School District voters said “yes” Saturday to a $21 million public school improvements project.
Complete but unofficial returns show 68 percent of voters voted for the millage extension that will finance the work, while 32 percent voted against the proposition.
“We’re very pleased with the results,” Lincoln Parish School Superintendent Danny Bell said.
“This is going to have the Ruston School District well positioned with facilities for many years to come, something we can be proud of.”

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McAllister wins 5th District race

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Lincoln Parish voters mirrored the rest of Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District in electing political newcomer Vance McAllister as their next congressman.
Complete but unofficial returns from Saturday’s runoff show McAllister won 67 percent of the local vote to challenger state Sen. Neil Riser’s 33 percent. Both men are Republicans.
McAllister won 60 percent of the vote districtwide in the race to fill the 13 months remaining in former Congressman Rodney Alexander’s term. Alexander resigned in September to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet.

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JA raises funds to cover project costs

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Pictured above are members of the Junior Auxiliary at their annual jambalaya and bake sale Saturday. Funds raised during this event go to help cover costs on the following projects: the Christmas Clearinghouse, Methodist Children’s Home birthday party, MCH Christmas party, Color Happy, Dinner and a Movie, Helping Hearts, Junior Chef, Preschool Puppets, School Enrichment, Writing Contest, Visit with St. Nick and emergency assistance.

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Hogan speaks of life’s lessons

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Louisiana Tech University added 304 new alumni Saturday during the fall commencement ceremonies at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The graduates also learned valuable life experiences from keynote speaker William Hogan, president and CEO of the Bank of Ruston.
“I’ve learned a few lessons along the way,” Hogan said. “My education and professional career has been a rich series of twists and turns.”
Hogan discussed how, as a finance major at Oklahoma State University, he ended up winning the national championship for poultry judging.

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‘From Ruston With Love’ set

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First Baptist Church of Ruston will serve its traditional Thanksgiving meal “To Ruston with Love” to area citizens at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Ruston Civic Center, located at 401 N. Trenton Street.
For the past 21 years, FBC has hosted this community-wide, free feast. Initially, this annual event began with the idea of feeding a few Louisiana Tech University students who remained on campus during the Thanksgiving holidays, and through the years has increased to not only include students, but also to include Ruston area residents.

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Holiday Arts Tour slated for Thursday start

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Ruston’s “Holidays Arts Tour — Create!” is set to begin Thursday and residents have several things to get excited about.
Jessica Slaughter, executive director for the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, said this year’s tour has a larger number of visual artists than last year — several of which whom are new to the tour.
“There will be a round robin poetry reading on Friday night featuring four regional poets,” she said. “There will also be a wine tasting from Landry Vineyards on Friday night and a free Community Variety Show on Sunday.”

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’73 Bulldogs probably Tech’s best

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Best ever?
That’s what I was pondering during last weekend’s Louisiana Tech-Southern Mississippi football game at Joe Aillet Stadium.
At halftime, members of the 1973 team were introduced for that outstanding season.
And what a season it was.
In that year, the ’73 team posted a record of 12-1, reeling off 12 consecutive wins after losing the season opener.
The memorable campaign closed out with a 34-0 whipping of Western Kentucky in the Camellia Bowl held in Sacramento, Calif.

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Ruston rolls to second round

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It started out more like Halloween than Thanksgiving Friday night with the Ruston Bearcats doing their best “Walking Dead” impression.
But all it took was a slap in the face to send the Bearcats roaring back to life on their way to a 35-7 Class 5A first-round playoff win over District 2-5A rival Natchitoches Central at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.

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